Fox News is by far the most Donald Trump-friendly cable news network. Their opinion hosts have always leaned right, but in the era of Donald Trump, they have become the biggest defenders of what some people allege is indefensible that one could imagine.
However, it seems that Trump has gone too far even for them this time.
Brian Kilmeade, one of the longtime hosts on Fox’s morning show, Fox and Friends, had a few choice words for the President when it came to discussing his comments about taking political dirt from foreign governments.
“I think the president has to clarify that. He opened himself wide up to attacks,” Kilmeade said
That first line may seem like a softball, but Kilmeade was far from finished. He continued:
“Put it this way: Nothing is free in this world. You don’t want a foreign government or foreign entity giving you information because they will want something back.”
“If anybody knows that, it is the president,” Kilmead added. “There is no free lunch. If someone wants information, they want influence.”
Kilmeade then went on to give Trump advice live on the air about what he should do if the likes of China or Russia comes offering up information to help the Trump campaign in the 2020 election or any other time
“The president should just say, ‘Keep it, I got this.’Because I don’t want to owe China, or Russia, something in return,” he said
Kilmeade was alone in his assessment, however. Co-hosts Steve Doocey and Ainsley Earhardt insisted that there was nothing wrong with what Trump said, and pointed out that the FBI is very busy and might not have time to take such calls. Kilmeade was steadfast, though:
“If someone wants information, they want influence.”
It will be quite interesting to see whose side Trump takes here, as he is open about the fact that he likes to use his Executive Time to watch Fox and Friends.
Watch the segment below, via Talking Points Memo:
Kilmeade says Trump needs to "clarify" comments about getting foreign dirt pic.twitter.com/w6bizjLOsK
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Shannon Barber is a progressive queer feminist and budding political scientist. She is passionate about issues of social justice, including but not limited to racial equality, criminal justice reform, pro-Black politics, and LGBTQ equality. She hopes to change the world, one mind at a time.